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Arsenal stand by under-fire boss Emery

‘Vote of confidence’ from Gunners hierarchy as poor run of form continues

14 November, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

Unai Emery: ‘We must stay calm and improve’

UNAI Emery has received the dreaded “vote of confidence” from the Arsenal hierarchy, who insist that he is still “the right man for the job”.

The Spaniard has, however, been warned that results “must improve” having sent his players into the international break on the back of another bad result, this time a 2-0 loss away to Leicester City.

The defeat at the King Power Stadium on Saturday means the Gunners have now won just two of their last 10 Premier League games. Despite the poor run of form, however, it seems changing the manager is not part of the plans, according to a statement officially released by the club this week.

Raul Sanllehi, Arsenal’s head of football, and managing director Vinai Venkatesham, met more than 200 Arsenal colleagues from across the club on Monday in a pre-planned staff meeting.

“We are as disappointed as everyone else with both our results and performances at this stage of the season,” they reportedly told club employees.

“We share the frustration with our fans, Unai, players and all our staff as they are not at the level we want or expect.

“Things need to improve to meet our objectives for the season, and we firmly believe Unai is the right man for the job, together with the backroom team we have in place.”

Sanllehi and Venkatesham added: “We are all working intensively behind the scenes to turn things around and are confident we will. We never take our fantastic support for granted.

“We hope we can all stick together and get behind the team in this challenging period, as together we are stronger.”

Emery called for calm following the defeat at Leicester, insisting that his charges still have time to turn their season around.

Arsenal, who are sixth and without a Premier League win since their 1-0 victory over Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium on October 6, find themselves eight points adrift of the Champions League places.

“We have time to achieve and recover that distance,” said Emery.

“We must stay calm and improve.”

Arsenal now have what on paper look a favourable set of fixtures ahead.

They face Southampton at home on November 23, before then hosting Eintracht Frankfurt in a match that should secure their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League. They then travel to newly-promoted Norwich City, before returning to the Emirates to entertain Brighton.

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